Mar 14, 2013 5:30pm PDT
bay, linking oakland and san francisco, and carrying 270,000 cars and trucks a day. on the san francisco side, its towers support suspension cables that keep the bridge up. but this gray, utilitarian structure that partially collapsed in the 1989 earthquake has never captured the world's attention, the way its nearby cousin, the golden gate bridge has. built toward the end of the depression, both were engineering marvels. now, the bay bridge is making its own splash. on a cold rainy night last week it was transformed into a giant work of art. 25,000 tiny white undulating l.e.d. lights, strung from the vertical cables, were turned on in a flashy display of public art that can be seen for miles. for california politicians like lieutenant governor gavin newsom, it was a chance to tout the area's uniqueness. >> here we are in san francisco- - a wacky and wonderful place and a city that is probably best described as 49 square miles surrounded by reality. a city of dreamers of doers of entrepreneurs and innovators. >> reporter: the high tech installation, which is called the bay ligh
Mar 12, 2013 5:30pm PDT
permanente in oakland, california, is one of them. >> the first biopsy showed a slight cancer, slight amount of cancer. the second biopsy showed no cancer. i do think there's a genetic situation in my family. i'm not the only and my brother is not the only one in the family to have this problem. >> reporter: until recently, watkins' family history and his unique genetic makeup would have played a minor role-- if any-- in his medical care. but thanks in part to a massive, groundbreaking new study under way at kaiser and the university of california san francisco, information gleaned from patients' genes may prove the key to identifying and treating a host of diseases, watkin's cancer among them. >> you know, you're not born to this world as a blank slate. you come into it with a certain genetic disposition. >> reporter: u.c.s.f. professor neil risch, the lead genetic researcher, says that his project and others that compile vast amounts of genetic information are on the verge of revolutionizing medicine. >> we can actually look to see how the genes that somebody has-- and they'